It seems Shola Ameobi has another hamstring injury, and Shola has always had a struggle with hamstring injuries, over his career.
Danny Guthrie – could he start Saturday?
There were rumors on Sky Sports before the game, that Shola would not play because of a thigh injury, and since he just lasted for 45 minutes, surely he shouldn’t play on Saturday, so the injury can fully heal.
Shola, by his own admission, has played in the past too many times when he has been slightly injured, and promised last week he wouldn’t do that again.
Two players who haven’t even been on the bench these last two games are Ryan Taylor and Danny Guthrie, so maybe these two lads will get a chance on Saturday, either starting the game or at least getting to sit on the bench.
Ryan wants to play football, and while he’s been quiet of late, we cannot think he will want to stay on Tyneside, if he’s not going to get the games, or even a place on the bench, and it’s hard to criticize the lad for that.
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“That’s what I need to assess.” “I will decide whether to freshen things up a bit or whether this group deserve to go again against Fulham.”
“I think they did well in the second half.” “If you take away their goal then we go in and get a deserved draw.” “It’s certainly something I need to think about.”
The Newcastle crowd were well aware the lads were struggling last night, and just couldn’t get going, but they didn’t turn on them, although they were a lot quieter than usual, to be sure. And the crowd was a disappointing 41,053.
What the Newcastle players need to do is to come out on Saturday – whichever team starts – and go all out for a win, because all 3 points will see us continue our very good start to the season, and 20 points from the first 13 games would be very good indeed.
Chris Hughton continued:
“What the crowd saw was a team that pushed and pushed and deserved something from the game.” “I don’t think there would be anybody in that stadium that felt we deserved to lose the game, but we did.”
“That’s how cruel this division can be. That’s the type of game last season we won or clawed something from, but we were up against a resolute team in Blackburn.”
It could be that Steven Taylor and Sol Campbell could get games on Saturday to shore up the defense, and Alan Smith will likely start for Cheick Tiote, who picked up his 5th yellow card last night, and Danny Guthrie, Ryan Taylor and Peter Loevnkrands could also feature.
After playing the same starting eleven in the last four league games, if Chris doesn’t shuffle the team for Saturday – then he never will.